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Nicholas Cole – The Weekend

Sept. 24, 2019

I’ve absolutely loved Nicholas Cole’s style ever since hearing his first release. The fluidity, the soulfulness of one so young at that time, the genuine feel for the genre and how to reach people where they “live” were and are all the things that make his music magic to me. On this latest release The Weekend, I was able to again marvel at his skill, his imagination, and depth of perception.

I must admit that there are three tracks I can live without, and I guess that plays into artists trying something new in this time of change in the genre to incorporate “different.” It also speaks to the appeal some feel that covers like “PYT” have to not only MJ fans but to all who just wanna dance and feel the groove. That’s all good. Personally, the Nicholas Cole I have so come to admire is simply a solid, gifted, perceptive keyboardist/composer who has gained a throng of admirers via the character of his music and his grasp of the c-jazz groove. I like that – a lot.

Standout tracks for me on this release include the R&Bish dancer “Turning It Up” (a bit of that Culbertson mood), the slick, mid-tempo funk of “Sugar” and its melody and hook, the catchy sass of the silky title track, shown also on “Should’ve Been Us” featuring guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno, the tender sway and sweetness of “Pillow Talk” (love the strings here), the Latinesque exoticism of the rhythmic “Soulmate” featuring Special EFX guitarist Chieli Minucci , and the solid hook-rich magnetism of the finale “It Ain’t Over” (and I know Cole fans everywhere hope that it ain’t!).

Without a doubt, a must-have in your c-jazz library. Those who have heard this cat or have seen him live know that he is the real deal. He came along when young talent in this genre had begun to really shine, and his star continues to shine blindingly bright. – Ronald Jackson